What was the medication error rate?
Assume that 150 doses of medication were prescribed by the resident's physician to be administered in a given time period. However, 2 doses ordered were not given and 3 doses were incorrectly administered as prescribed.
A. 2.0 percent B. 3.0 percent C. 3.3 percent D. 5.0 percent
The answer is A, 2%. This is a math-heavy question, so bear with me. The formula for finding the medication error rate is as follows: divide the number of errors by the sum of total doses given plus the omissions. This number is then multiplied by 100.
For this scenario, you would divide 3 by 150, since the question specifies three doses were administered wrong and two were missed, meaning 148 were given in total. So, 3/150 gives us the answer of 0.02. Multiplying 0.02 by 100 gives us 2%.
If you didn’t understand the formula the first time around, that’s alright. This is a medicine-field kind of math, so the language can get a bit daunting to those not in medicine.